This very rare, antique French medal celebrates the Holy Family. It bears the French crab mark for 800-900 silver quality.
The oval medal measures 1 and 5/8” (4.3cms), including the ring, by 1 and 1/8” (3cms). It weighs 9.1 grams.
On the front is a magnificent image of the Holy Family. Mary has her hands crossed over her breast in a symbolic gesture. Joseph’s arm mirrors Mary but also carries an axe. Above them is the dove of the Holy Spirit .
The inscription around it in French translates as ‘Holy Family, Patron and Protector of our Association’ At the base is ‘We all have recourse to you’.
At the top is a solid ring marked with the crab and maker's mark on the reverse. There is a bail attached for a chin.
On the reverse is an equally exquisite image of the three hearts of the Holy Family. Above them is the crown of thorns, three nails and lilies. Below them are lines radiating outwards into clouds.
Around the edge the inscription translates as ‘ Association of the Holy Family Jesus Mary Joseph’.
This wonderful nineteenth century medal is in fine condition with a natural patina. It will arrive in a gift box.
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